Montana: A Future Generation Shows Up Ahead of Schedule

Source: TomDispatch
by Stan Cox

“The wording in Article IX, Section 1, of Montana’s constitution couldn’t be clearer: ‘The state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment in Montana for present and future generations.’ Accordingly, in April, a district court judge in Yellowstone County voided a permit for a natural-gas-fired power plant under construction there. Over its lifetime, it would have released an estimated 23 million tons of planet-roasting carbon dioxide and that, ruled the judge, was incompatible with a ‘clean and healthful environment’ in Montana or, for that matter, anywhere else. Within a week, the state legislature had voted to reinforce a 2011 law barring the consideration of climate change in policymaking and so allowing the construction of the power plant to resume. But that wasn’t the end of the matter.” (09/14/23)